We continued south through a couple small towns, lots of open desert, small desert canyons, and open vistas with larger mountains in the distance, seeing lots of Border Patrol vehicles along the way. We finally entered Big Bend NP at Study Butte and took the
We awoke to a temperature of 27 degrees, but bright sunshine soon warmed the day. We set out to explore by scooter. Our first stop was the
Our second stop was at the end of the road where the
We continued our ride back toward the main road, stopping at each of the roadside exhibits. Some explained the geology of the area, telling of the volcanic origins of most of the land, then the uplifting and mountain building, followed by ongoing erosion that left what we see today. It is not what I would call spectacular scenery, but it is interesting and very pretty. The center of the park is in the
Yesterday we took a hike to Mule Ears spring. The hike was only about 4 miles, but it was hot and lacking shade all the way. The area around the spring where we had our lunch was a real oasis in the desert. The small stream from the spring disappeared into the wash within a couple hundred feet but along its banks and in the pools were bulrushes, cattails, frogs, tadpoles and dragon flies. There were tall cottonwoods and many smaller trees.
Today we didn’t do much. We did ride a few miles up the road to
The rest of the day we just sat around, played on the computer, read, watched TV, napped and watched wildlife. There are several coyotes who call the campground home, as well as a herd of 15 or so javalina, several road runners, woodpeckers, and a great horned owl. All are accustomed to people and will pose for photographs as long as you don’t get too close. The campground is very peaceful since even generators are not allowed. It is a quiet and pretty place to spend a few days.
Pictures are in the gallery.